Real Madrid-Alavés: Cristiano, Keylor back in squad, no Asensio

Forward Gareth Bale is said to be on his way out of Real Madrid according to reports in Spain

Forward Gareth Bale is said to be on his way out of Real Madrid according to reports in Spain

"They have played a good match, as did Lucas (Vazquez)". They are in a relatively comfortable position when it comes to the threat of relegation, given that they have a 10-point lead over the 18th-placed Deportivo La Coruna, with three consecutive victories.

Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up after being rested for Wednesday's game with Leganes.

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has reportedly told one of his teammates that he is moving to Chelsea in the summer.

Brazilian full-back Marcelo is another casualty for Real Madrid while young defender Jesus Vallejo is another absentee. With the injuries in the midfield, Zidane will likely lean on Casemiro and Isco to play a bigger role Saturday.

Gareth Bale has been going through a rough patch this season, especially in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane has opted not to play the winger.

Links between the Brazilian and Real Madrid continue to stick around despite the unlikeliness.

'He will always be important in the team and is in the process of getting himself right, ' Zidane explained. Alaves were without top scorer Munir El Haddadi but still looked a threat on the counter-attack and will feel unlucky not to have at least got on the scoresheet at the Bernabeu.

"He has not had many minutes and keeps working, he is fantastic and I remember the game against Alaves (Real won the away game 2-1 in September) when he scored two goals".

It beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie last week. "And that comes with recovering confidence, which is fundamental for a player".

The red-hot forward was then seemingly presented with the opportunity to score his 13th goal in just over a month - and complete yet another treble - when Bale was brought down in the area late on. Benzema had snapped a run of almost three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and was one of Real's best performers in their fifth consecutive win in all competitions. "We all expected to see how he would get it over the wall but he hits it under".

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